1898 a Sheat for Little Things

January Monday 3 the kinzer boys have finished there ice house an filed it with ice 6 inches thick

January 7 Frank (Gray) got his Fathers an mothers Picture two night he an Bessie had them enlarged and Put in nice large frames hung up in there Room

January 20 I was fixing Some Pappers in the box and a Roll of a lb of butter fell in my lap, I Picked it up come to the door asked Ela where it come from and Georgie Lankester was in an She dropped in my lap a gift

January 29 I Put a new wick in the two big lamps that we use every night

february 14 an 15 Frank Gray Scemented Hustons Sisteren

march 1th Frank Gray brought the brick to Show me he Sawed out of a Sand Rock

march 12th this Evening Walter Croy knoct out of Billie Price little boys down, his owne Size, at Walkers gate old Mrs Price come Runing bare heded Picked up a brush in the Street and gave Walter Croy a whiping

march 12th Bod kinzer cleaned the well out for Grisom and Effinger at the Stor, the Sign was down and in the crawfish, 3 days after the full moon the Sun Signe in the knee Mrs. Francisco and one of her Daughters is here at Edd Blacks they come in March

March 30th and 31st the Cats kept Such a Squalling like to Run Minnie cook off

April first week the day little frose close to the ground all the chriseantums all frose they took like they never Will come out agen today is the 14th

Thursday April 21st I dampend 6 yards of a yard an half wide broad cloth in a wet Sheat and Presed it for Ela to make Mrs Pro(fessor) Price a dress

April 22th 1898, Mr Bodell Put a wire fence from the Sedar tree around the back Street yard two the Seller door agenst the house, tore the fence I made by the front Porch an Put Pailing and a gate there is no way too get in the flower yard onely in that gate,

april 30th Rev Hudson left here this morning after Preaching 13 days and nights in the Baptist church, Ela an I didnt mis going but one night an She was Sick

Sunday May 1th Walter Gray went two Giles Co. to see his Wife an children an come back

May 4 Mrs Pro(fessor) Price gave Ella a Paire of light brown kid gloves What a nice present

May 11th I destroyed a large cattelpilernest on the buckenham tree Edgar Grays furnitur an other things come from Roanoke City

May 11th Ela gave me the 25 cnets Mrs Sue Price gave for Srinking her cloth

may 12 Laura Gray come home to day about 12 ocl her Father brought her

May Second Week Mr Willie Librook got a letter from his Brother that has been gone for many years they Thought he was dead but he is in Ohio

May 16th Mrs Judie Evans an children left for Roanoke She has been on a visit here

May 20th Maggie (Snidow) Sent for my bonnet too Put one of the Rushes in it that Sarah Sent me October 23th 1897 and forgot it at 11 oclock She Said her Prayers to get in bed and thought of my bonnet an fixed it that late hour Jimie (Snidow) brought it two me this morning to ware to our first quarterly meeting May 22

May 24 Mrs Patterson come two Mrs Blacks from Philadelphia her Sister

Sunday May 29 I took dinner at Mrs keisters with her cousin that lived here in the years of fiftys She was a old friend of mine We had a nice time talking and a nice dinner cake Strawberies her name was Switser She married Leftrick he died here She agen married and her last husband died this last February

June 24th there was a Catholic Preast in Town this morning had Serveses at Mrs Bettie Thomas He Baptised Jodie Bocks baby dont know the date

July 9th Miss Mary keister brought me Some Pretty flowers the flower committy sent them

July 16 Miss Mary Pugh brought me nice light Sale Eyest (yeast) bread and cake and nice flowers Pansies

July 24 mr James keffer and wife went two her mothers to Spen a week

July 29 Mr Wesley Wright was here this evening he is from Roanoke City

July 30 Mrs Denis Patterson Camper come to See me She had her 2 little Girles with her

August 8 Rev Burnet and his wife called to See us they went two Mr Tuckers too dinner

August 19 there was two little Girls of the Baltimor freshair children come to Stay with Ella and two went to Surfaces

August 31st this morning at 10 oclock all of the Fresh air children fifty-two in number got in the hacks at the bank house door went back two there homes at Baltimore

September 1thday Mary Ledgerwood left her home and mother to gow two Washington, D.C. two Stay with Sarah Barkman and Sarah met her at Roanoke. She was at Mary Pepers She got on the Train with Mary, when they got to Lynchburg the Washington train was gon they had to Stay in the depot till 3 oclock Friday morning got two Washington in the day Time

September 6 Mrs Nellie Carter left to go to her home took her Sister Myrtle Johnston with her

September 27 a Mrs Price come from Newport to day to have a dress made her Husband died a Short time ago her Fatherinlaw was Peter Price Ela took her Measure So she could do her lining while She an her brotherinlaw went two Christiansburg to get her Triming She couldnt get what She wanted they got on the train and got what She wanted at Roanoke City they got back here after dark and Ela fit her lining and they got on there horses two go back to Newport to night a mourning dress it is

October 7 Tilda Gray left two day at 10 oclock to go to Roanoke two Stay with Mrs Willie Angles children till She and Mary Pepper Gowes to Washington DC to see the children that lives there

Monday October 17 Mr Frank Spickerd began his School above Lissa kinzers they call it the Glade Schoolhouse Anna an Janie (Kinzer) began to go

October 28th Mary kinzer went home this Evening She come two Town October 25 a long stay for her

October 29 Mrs Luster and Dazey Conway Spent the day to day at Mrs Tuckers

november 24 thanksgiving day Ela and I was invited to take dinner up at Mr and Mrs Tuckers I wasent wellenough too go Ela went they had a nice dinner old lady Cabrich Mrs Johnhamton Hoge, Callie Caldwell was the Guyestes

november 25 two day about 3 oclock this evening there was a hard Earthquake we didnt feale it up here but at Tilda Grays an at Maggie snidows and other Places and on college hill

NOTE added to Diary- Janie Kinzer Callaway, Roseanna Croy's granddaughter who lived at Fairview (the Kinzer home on the Glade Road) remembers "the earthquake is 1898 - I went to the potato patch to shoo the chickens out. On returning to the house several bricks came rolling down from the chimney. Mary was hanging clothes on the pailing fence around the yard. She hurried, scared into the house."

november 26 George Lankaster come home She was gone two Richmond to See Walestiene and Pollards was gon Several weeks

november 28 karl Snidow has been here all day and to night and this Evening Rev Davidson an wife Mrs Willie Lybrook Edd kinzer and Gracie Lincus all around the fire Rev Dav(idson) wife got up to leave an karl said aunt Ela ask him to Pray and She ask him and he Prayed a good Prayer and Prayed for the little one

December 1th all the Soldiers boys here and in the country around here went to Salom two be musterd out of the armey

december 16th they come back with there discharge free men to night Wesley Gray brought us about 2 lbs a gift a sassage Edd kinzer come and Showed us his Suit and his mothers dress and other thinges he got at Roanoke and he went to See Mary Pepper Bob kinzer went to See Mary too

december 21th Grace Lincous brought me a can of quinces a Christmas gift

Saturday december 24 I Sent Mrs Davidson a can of quinces an Sweet apples caned together Preaching at Lutheran Church, and they went this night up there to a Christmas Tree in the year 1891 but there was a deep Snow on the ground then


Note: from Roseanna Croy Dawson, Blacksburg in 1898. Copied by D. Pack 1978.